Women and ethnic minorities suffering in media industry

Are you a woman from an ethnic minority who wants to carve out a career in the media industry? If so, two new surveys published today won’t make for encouraging reading.

CIPR’s ‘Annual State of the PR Industry’ survey found that men are twice as more likely to earn over £50,000 than women. A separate study published by diversity charity Race for Opportunity, suggests that the media is the most difficult profession for young adults of an ethnic minority background to break into.

CIPR also found that – of the 2,292 members asked – women are less likely to be on the board of a company or in a senior position.

Meanwhile Race for Opportunity, which quizzed 1,500 people aged between 18-55 found that 30 per cent were put off pursuing a career in the media industry. 17 per cent said that the industry had a reputation for racism.

Responding to the results, CIPR president Jay O’Connor said: “For a profession with such a large and vibrant community of female practitioners, we cannot continue with a situation where pay and access to senior positions is skewed by gender. Getting under the skin of this issue is a priority.”

(Source: PR Weekly)

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